What’s your biggest problem with travel? For me it’s time.
To take a decent gulp of Spain’s diverse cultural sangria would take me a lifetime of weekends and enough Ryanair flights to have me committed to the nearest hospital psiquiátrico.
But imagine if I told you that you could visit all of Spain’s fifteen regions over an afternoon.
Put down that sangria you say? 😉
Apparently you haven’t heard of Poble Espanyol.
What Exactly is Poble Espanyol?
This full-scale reproduced village is an open air architecture museum – within its walls you’ll experience the immense architectural diversity of Spain’s 15 regions as a model of the perfect Iberian town.
Poble Espanyol (‘Spanish Village’) counts 117 full scale replica buildings surrounding its many squares and gardens.
Originally built for the Barcelona World’s Fair in 1929, it was left in place due to the enormous success of the exhibit.
What You’ll Find at Poble Espanyol
This is a charming Iberian village where each building was chosen according to aesthetic coherence. You’ll see:
- The narrow, white streets of Andalusia.
- Aragon’s stone houses.
- Pre-Romanic Asturian architecture.
- Castillan monuments.
- Catalan homes.
Your Poble Espanyol entrance fee also includes a free pass to the Fran Daurel Museum of Contemporary Art – featuring over 300 pieces from famous artists spanning generations like Picasso, Miró, and Dalí.
This Spanish Village replica is also home to 20 crafts workshops. Here you’ll watch craftspeople hard at work making unique glass, pottery, jewelry, and leather pieces – it’s a great place for artisan souvenirs.
Naturally there’s a ton of boutique shopping.
The glass blowing exhibition is a favourite.
If you’re visiting Barcelona with children there’s a great detective/mystery game in English called ‘Gymkhana’.
Poble Espanyol Prices
- Adults: €14.00 or €11.90 with 15% online discount (read below)
- Kids 4-12: €7.00 or €5.95 with 15% online discount
- Kids under 4: free
- Audio/video guide in English: €3.50/€4.50 (deposit required)
Discounts are available for disabled visitors but I must advise – there is an extreme lack of ramps here which will make it difficult.
How to Buy Poble Espanyol Tickets
You get your Poble Espanyol tickets online through Ticketbar: buying online gets you a 15% discount.
Click the button below to be directed to Ticketbar’s website.
Just buy the tickets online → print off the voucher → show up → skip the lines
If you want to pay the entire Poble Espanyol entrance fee (€14.00) and have to line up then you can also get them at ticket windows.
Poble Espanyol Hacks
- Buy your tickets online to save 15% and avoid lines
- Holders of the super-handy discount transport pass the Barcelona Card get a 20% discount on entrance and €1 off the audio guide.
- Eating here means expensive food and terrace supplements (€2+) so go to one of Barcelona’s best restaurants instead
- There’s a designated picnic area if you’d like to pack a lunch and save money
- Go early to avoid the crowds
- Bicycles are not allowed inside but there’s a designated bike parking zone
- The online discount doesn’t apply to senior citizens (65+)
Poble Espanyol Opening Hours
- Monday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 9:00 am to 00:00 am
- Friday: 9:00 am to 3:00 am
- Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 am
How to Get to Poble Espanyol
Get off the metro at Plaza Espanya (red line L1 and green line L3).
From there you can get to Poble Espanyol with a brief, slightly uphill 15 minute walk or take one of the following buses: 13, 23, 150.
It’s also a stop on the incredibly convenient Bus Turistic hop on hop off tour.
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